Needing help in the bullpen following Wily Peralta’s short start Friday night, the Milwaukee Brewers recalled reliever Alfredo Figaro from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
The Brewers optioned right-hander Jimmy Nelson to Class-A Advanced Brevard County to make room for Figaro. With rosters expanding Sept. 1, Nelson will be recalled to make his scheduled start Monday against the Chicago Cubs.
Since Nelson has already been optioned to the minor leagues once this season, there’s no negative impact of what essentially is a paper move.
Figaro went 5-2 with a 3.71 ERA in 42 games for Nashville this season, while the Dominican right-hander has a 2.20 ERA in his last 23 outings. After appearing in 33 games with a 4.14 ERA with the Brewers in 2013, Figaro has pitched just five big-league innings this season. The 30-year-old took the loss in an extra-innings defeat at the hands of the San Diego Padres on April 22, tossing two scoreless innings before surrendering a solo home run to Chase Headley in the 12th.
Figaro was again recalled in June to help a taxed bullpen, working two scoreless innings against Washington on June 25. With Marco Estrada struggling to provide the Brewers length in his long-relief role, Figaro gives Milwaukee another multi-innings option in the bullpen for the rest of the season.